Monday Death News
As a preface, let me say that today’s edition of Monday Death News is more depressing than normal. If your Monday is off to a bad start, you may want to find a more uplifting blog to read.
1. RIP Falling Bear.
Last week, near the campus of Colorado University, a 280 pound black bear found his way to the top of a tree. It was there that some trained professionals used tranquilizers to bring him out of the tree and onto some well cushioned mats, where he landed safely … but not before this photo was taken … a photo that became an overnight internet meme sensation.
Sadly — no more than a week later — the very same bear, after he had been released back into his home habitat, was struck by two cars and killed. As I’ve said before, animal deaths sadden the heck out of me. So, the following photo isn’t in jest, but more in remembering his web fame.
2. Another internet sensation has also died. On last week’s Monday Death News I shared the wonderful viral blog called, “Avery’s Bucket List”, which chronicled parents who were having their terminally ill daughter fit a lifetime of experience into two years of projected living.
Those projected two years were cut shorter than expected as she passed on Monday, May 30th.
I was so touched by the parents dedication to embracing life in the midst of death. They found a small, small bright spot in the terminal diagnosis of their beautiful two year old and choose to focus on that bright spot instead of focusing on the darkness of a looming death.
3. A groom died two minutes after he was married. Here’s the story:
A 26-year-old battling a rare form of cancer tragically died just two minutes after his wedding. Gordon Wolder fought leiomyosarcoma as a teenager, but while planning his Oct. 2012 nuptials to Kari Nolte he received the devastating news that it had returned. When his condition deteriorated last month, they married at home surrounded by family on Apr. 14. Nolte and Wolder lay in bed during the ceremony and his last words were “I do.” He passed away two minutes after their vows. “They kissed, and after they kissed Gordon tried to stay,” said his dad. “He tried to stay with us. He really did. And we told him, ‘You’re married now, son, and it’s OK.’” From MSNBC
4. On a slightly lighter not, here’s a epic photo from web friend Susie Finkbeiner:
5. And, one more funny photo for good measure: I’m not a big fan Barbie. I think she tends to perpetuate an unrealistic body image in the minds of impressionable little girls (and some boys). To add to my dislike of Barbie is the fact that while Mattel has created virtually every possible possession for Barbie, they — not having any appetite for a sense of realism — never created a Barbie casket.
Thankfully, there must be another Barbie hater who also wants Barbie to die:
Yes, Barbie … you’ve ruined the self-image of numerous young, strong women for the past 53 years. It’s time.